I was going to write about this subject on my other blog but, on reflection, it fits better here. “There have been refugees coming to this country for as long as records have been kept: Huguenots, Jews, French Catholics, Russians, Poles, Hungarians, Ugandan Asians… If you can’t find any in your family you’re probably not… Read More Bloggers Unite: Because everybody has the right to know where their family is
Jasia at the Creative Gene highlights the importance of backing up your blog to guard against losing all your posts should anything untoward happen. I admit, I’m as guilty as the next person of forgetting to do this, but it is important not just because of the risk of your blog being hacked, but also… Read More Because backing up is (not) hard to do
If you discovered your great, great grandfather was a fripperer, would you know what he did for a living? What about a quarrel picker? Or a ganneker? Many old occupations have faded into oblivion while others are still in existence but have very different titles. You don’t need to scratch your head and wonder what… Read More Dictionary of Old Occupations
It’s been a while since I posted here. My apologies for that. My only excuse is that summer seems to have arrived in the UK so I’m enjoying it while I can – it could all go away as quickly as it arrived. I’m just popping in to share the url of a site which… Read More Finding ancestors who went to the US.
Actually, it turned my gedcom into a complete mess, but that isn’t such a snappy headline. Being serious, I downloaded a new programme, which seemed to work very well, only to discover it did some really odd things to the data. Not content with turning my notes into some kind of computer language – great… Read More My software ate my ancestors
Click image to see larger map I have noticed that, on the whole, my ancestors did not move around a great deal and tended to marry people who lived within a 10 mile radius of their home. While this isn’t always the case, this knowledge can be useful when it comes to finding alternative locations… Read More How Google Maps can help eliminate false leads
I have posted about the Presentment Bills of the Archdeaconry of Nottingham before, but only in passing. They are such a fascinating resource that I thought they really deserved a post of their own. What are they: The presentment bills are a collection of documents created by church wardens in the 16th and 17th centuries… Read More Presentment Bills of the Archdeaconry of Nottingham